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|Jun-19-13|| ||ughaibu: A collection of games in which Blackburne is given as having played blindfold: Game Collection: Blindfold Blackburne No doubt there are games I've missed, please let me know of any that you're aware of.|
|Jul-02-13|| ||optimal play: <<<<BLACKBURNE v. TWENTY OF THE VICTORIAN CHESS CLUB.>|
Mr. Blackburne, the celebrated English chessplayer, engaged in 20 games simultaneously on Saturday night against 20 members of the Victorian Chess Club. The play lasted four hours. Mr. Blackburne won 18 games and drew two. He leaves for Sydney in a day or two, where he will try conclusions against the most accomplished players in the colony.>
- The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW) issue Monday 9 February 1885>
|Jul-03-13|| ||KlingonBorgTatar: Blackburne has proven you can live a long hectic life of a chess master while drinking considerably and even keep your chess prowess ( see <keypusher>'s post above). Reminds me of Fritz Saemisch who equally lived long , this time , chain smoking all the time.|
|Aug-01-13|| ||optimal play: <<<Mr. Blackburne has not been so successful in his blindfold play in Sydney as in Melbourne, but it may be remarked that at the former place he had, perhaps, six of the best players the colony could muster against him. It is not usual to oppose first-class players to these who essay to play blindfold, as of course the latter are at the best laboring under disadvantages. |
The Sydney Morning Herald gives the following account of the match which took place on Thursday, February 26 :— >
There were about 150 chessplayers present during the evening. His Honor Mr. Justice Windeyer presided, and Mr. P. B. Walker, Acting Superintendent of Telegraphs, president of the Sydney Chess Club, and the Rev. S. S. Tovey, vice-president, called over the moves.
There were eight games proceeding simultaneously, Mr. Blackburne having a seat on the platform with his back towards his opponents, who were ranged at the boards ; placed in a row in front of the platform.
The following was the order of players :—
Board No. 1, Mr. Deholery ;
No. 2. Mr. Ridley ;
No. 3. Mr. Heiman ;
No. 4. Mr. Newman ;
No. 5. Mr. Chamier ;
No. 6. Mr. Russell ;
No. 7. Mr. Crane ;
No. 8. Mr. Gea.
The wonderful performance of playing so many strong players at once lasted from 7 o'clock until 20 minutes past 12, when the first draw was called.
Mr. Blackburne's marvellous faculty was manifested in a marked manner at board 5, about the 23rd move. There had been a slight inaccuracy in calling over the moves, by which a Rook came to be misplaced. In correcting the error Mr. Blackburne called over the position of every piece on the board, for which he was loudly applauded.
At 20 minutes past 12 o'clock Mr. Gea, at board 8, after the 37th move, suggested a draw, and Mr. Blackburne agreed. No. 4, Mr. Newman, resigned after the 30th move, at five minutes to 1 o'clock. Mr. Blackburne resigned at No. 1, after the 37th move, at 10 minutes past 1, in favor of Mr. Deholery, who was heartily congratulated on his victory. At 1.25 a.m. No. 2 declared a draw. Mr. Blackburne resigned at board 5, on the 36th move, in favor of Mr. Chamier. Mr. Heiman won at board 3. At No. 7 board Mr. Crane resigned in favor of Mr. Blackburne.
The result was that Mr. Blackburne won two games, lost three, and three were drawn.>
- South Australian Weekly Chronicle (Adelaide, SA) issue Saturday 7 March 1885>
|Sep-29-13|| ||Karpova: In a match ending on June 8, 1887, Blackburne beat Johannes Zukertort by the score of +5 -1 =8 according to page 5 of the July 1887 'Wiener Schachzeitung'.|
Differing results have been claimed by other users, see posts: Joseph Henry Blackburne and Johannes Zukertort
|Nov-06-13|| ||offramp: <ntiochus: 1125 games of Blackburne are here
(a cura di Franco Pezzi):
I'm glad he has so many games. Very entertaining!
|Nov-07-13|| ||Nosnibor: Towards the end of his career Blackburne was giving simultaneous exhibitions and I hold an original letter of his addressed to "Hon.Sec.Leicester Chess Club"This was sent on the 16th September 2010 from his address at 39 Stillness Road,Forest Hill,S.E.It reads:-Dear Sir I am booking dates for my usual annual tour and shall be in the Birmingham district ftom the 11th to 19th of October,and if a visit to your club could be arranged about that time,I would come to Leicester and play 20 games simultanneously for a fee of two guineas-Will you kindly let me knowat your earliest convenience-I remain yours truly J H Blackburne The actual event took place at the King`s Restaurant,Leicester on Wednesday 12th October 1910.He contested 21 games losing to Dr.H Mason,drawing with Dr.Bennett,E.H Collier,A. Underwood,V.H.Lovell,V.D Pavord,A.F.Atkins,J Lee,H. C.Eales,W.R.T.Whatmore and H.W.Bourne.He won the remaining 10 games for a score of 15.5/21.Not bad for someone approaching his 70th year.Here is the game he contested against Lovell(Black)French Defence,Exchange variation 1e4,e6.2d4,d5.3exd5,exd5.4Nf3,Nf6.5Bd3,Bd6.60-0,-
e1,b4.22Nh5,Nxh5.23Qxh5 Draw agreed.Maybe Black can win at this point by 23g6?
|Nov-08-13|| ||Nosnibor: In my last post the dste of Blackburne`s letter was of course 16th September,1910 and not 2010!Apologies.|
|Nov-09-13|| ||Chessical: Quaint story about Blackburne and one of his simultaneous performances>|
The "Yorkshire Weekly Post" says that during a recent simultaneous performance against the members of a ladies' chess club Mr J .H. Blackburne had worked up a Queen sacrifice against one of his opponents.
On the master's next visit to the board the lady said: 'Had you not better reconsider your last move, Mr Blackburne? You have put your Queen en prise'.
Mr Blackburne sighed his usual sigh, and answered - 'It will have to stand madam, I never take moves back.' So the Queen was captured, and then the arch-deceiver remarked - 'I am afraid, madam, that I shall have to mate you in three moves.'"
The Brisbane Courier p.11 - Saturday 24 February 1906
|Nov-14-13|| ||Chessical: Blackburne was in poor health for the final year of his life, with his wife recently predeceasing him. |
<Hull Daily Mail> - Tuesday 02 September 1924
Mr Blackburne was seized with slight paralytic stroke about year ago.
<Western Morning News> - Wednesday 03 September 1924
Mr. John Henry Blackburne, the great English chess player, died on Monday at Lewisham in his 83rd year. ..." The intrinsic merits of Blackburue's characteristic games are such," says " The Times," " that he must rank the finest player this country has ever produced, though, unlike Staunton, he never became the world's champion."
He was buried in Ladywell Cemetery, Ladywell Road, Lewisham, London SE13 7HY.
From the on-line records it appers that his grave is
Mary Jane BLACKBURNE died 1922 aged 83 - Wife
Joseph Henry BLACKBURNE died 1924 aged 82 - Husband
|Dec-10-13|| ||Robespierre: I'm one of those patzers who's a big Blackburne enthusiast because of his fondness for the Evans Gambit -- at which opening he was quite successful! And, how many top level chess players live to the age of 82!!|
|Dec-10-13|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Joseph Henry Blackburne.|
|Dec-10-13|| ||Nosnibor: One of the feww players of his time to have a plus score against Pillsbury.(+2).R.I.P.Master Blackburne|
|Dec-10-13|| ||TheFocus: <Nosnibor> Not all of the Pillsbury - Blackburne games are here in <CG>. |
Their actual record is +4=4-4.
|Dec-10-13|| ||Nosnibor: <TheFocus> I am afraid I do not agree.Their actual head to head scores is 5 wins to Blackburne,3 wins to Pillsbury and 5 draws,ignoring 2 consultation games where they scored one each.Blackburne won at Nuremberg 1896,Cable match 1896,twice at London 1899 and Cable match 1899.Pillsbury won twice at Vienna 1898 and Cable match 1901.Draws were scored in the Cable matches in 1897, 1898 and 1900,Hastings 1895 and an exhibition game in Vienna 1898.I am not aware of any other games between these two contestants.|
|Dec-10-13|| ||TheFocus: I am talking about official games, not exhibitions or consultations.|
|Dec-10-13|| ||Petrosianic: Depends what you mean by exhibition games. Simultaneous exhibitions, sure. But there were a lot of one or two-shot games in those days, played independently of a tournament or match, and regarded as absolutely "official" (whatever that meant in those days). One of Capablanca's most famous games was one such exhibition:|
O Bernstein vs Capablanca, 1914
|Dec-10-13|| ||TheFocus: I am wrong. I thought they split their games in London 1899. Instead Blackburne won them both.|
Thanks <Nosnibor>. I will change my database.
|Dec-10-13|| ||TheFocus: I consider those 2 game shots to be matches.
I do draw the line at a one game shot. To me that is an exhibition game.
But, I don't get to make those decisions. That's above my pay grade.
|Dec-10-13|| ||Petrosianic: If it's played under classicial time controls, with no funny rules (like theme openings or the like), I have no problem counting it as an official game. But I agree, a 1-shot is pretty odd.|
|Feb-02-14|| ||Karpova: The British Chess Federation started a collection for Blackburne. A fund was to be created to allow for the Blackburnes to have a carefree evening of life. At around mid-January 1911 they had already collected almost 7200 Kronen.|
Source: Page 71 of the February 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'
|Feb-02-14|| ||RedShield: < 7200 Kronen>
|Feb-02-14|| ||Karpova: As it was an Austrian newspaper, the Austro-Hungarian krone is probably meant.|
|Feb-02-14|| ||RedShield: Blackburne was a beneficiary of krone capitalism.|
|Feb-11-14|| ||Poulsen: In an old chessmagazine (~ 1910) I saw a reference to an interview with Blackburne at his 50 years anniversary as chess player.|
He is supposed to have said, that Zukertort (not Steinitz) was the strongest player, that he had known. And that Morphy was his 'idol' as chessplayer - he thought, that Morphy was stronger than Lasker - however Lasker was by far the strongest player alive at this point in time.
Has anyone seen a record of the interview?
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